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2014 Research Objectives

Taking into account changes in the domestic and overseas research environment and operating goals, KRIHS seeks to become a leader in developing new national land policies in an era of hope. In order to achieve its 2014 goal, KRIHS has laid out the following three research directions:

i) develop one-for-all national land policies; ii) support regional development
policies that can generate decent jobs; and iii) develop future-oriented integrating policies and
outcomes. Based on the above, KRIHS sets on becoming a leader in national land development policy through
carrying out diverse research activities (e.g. basic, regular and outsourced researches).

2014 Research Activities

Factoring in the government policy stance and policy agendas, KRIHS will focus its research capability on the following four areas in 2014 so as to further contribute to the formulation of national policies:

  1. 1)Analyze success stories on the voluntary cooperation between local autonomous bodies to develop effective policies early on, establish the legal framework to facilitate regional cooperation, and develop the administrative/financial support and governance measures on cooperative projects (‘Study on Measures to Promote Regional Cooperation to Realize a Happy Regional Community’)
  2. 2)Define private sector roles in business, finance and economy to facilitate urban regeneration, and develop policies (e.g. incentives) to encourage private sector participation (‘Study on Facilitating Private Sector Participation in Urban Regeneration’)
  3. 3)Explore gray areas of the housing finance system in line with housing market changes and develop an adequate financing system that meet individual needs (by the life cycle and the income bracket), in order to contribute to ensuring the housing finance market’s steady growth and improving the efficiency and the equality of the housing finance system (‘Study on Developing a Housing Finance System based on Reflecting Housing Market Changes’)
  4. 4)Develop quantitative and qualitative national land sentiment indicators that comply with the government’s land policy and resonates with the public, develop applicable measures and establish a sustainable public service system (‘Study on Developing a Public Land Sentiment Indicator to Improve Policy Effectiveness’)

2013 Research Activities

In 2013, KRIHS aimed to develop land to enhance the quality of life and set the following three goals through its research activities:

  1. i)improve land conditions to enhance the public’s quality of life;
  2. ii)develop integrated national land policies that resonate with the public; and
  3. iii)build public consensus and disseminate research outcomes on land development policies.

KRIHS carried out a total of 233 research projects including 31 basic researches, 23 regular researches (e.g. A Comparative Study on Growth Process of New Towns Planned during the Rapid Growth Period in the Seoul and Tokyo Metropolitan Areas), and 179 outsourced researches (e.g. Development of Measures to Relocate and Use Airfields). 31 basic, 23 regular and 104 outsourced researches out of the 233 research activities have been completed and the rest of them have been rolled over to 2014.

Government policy-oriented research activities in 2013 are related to the following four areas:

  1. 1)Identify major changes that affect the public’s living environment (e.g. development of Northeast Asian economic blocks, the low fertility, the aging society, and development and convergence of the science technology) and propose strategic measures to efficiently manage land to create a pleasant living environment
  2. 2)Explore issues related to the regional development imbalance (the existing national land and regional policy paradigm), promote the needs for the win-win regional development (the new paradigm), and set policy directions on the regional integration and the decentralization
  3. 3)Develop 23 basic principles and 96 guidelines on developing healthy cities that can be reflected in Korea’s basic urban development plans based on the reviewing documents, analyzing case studies and gathering feedback from experts
  4. 4)Develop measures to assess housing affordability through analyzing the household income level and the consumption behavior (by the income bracket and the life cycle) via statistical housing surveys, and set fair housing affordability standards